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Responsible Pet Ownership

Did you know that February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month? While taking good care of your pet is important all year, this is a great time to talk about some key aspects of responsible pet care. An Oconomowoc, WI vet lists some of them below

Training

This one only applies to Fido, of course. All dogs should know basic doggy commands, like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. Housetraining and crate training are also important. As for Fluffy, well, she’s may very well train you to pet and play with her on demand!

Good Nutrition

Although every company tries to make their product look like it’s the best, when it comes to pet food, all brands are definitely not created equal. Offer your furry buddy high-quality food, but don’t go overboard with fatty snacks.

Comforts of Home

Small comforts can make a big difference! Keep up with things like grooming, parasite control, and dental care, and limit your furry pal’s outdoor time when it’s hot or cold out. A good bed is also important.

Entertainment

Our furry friends are very playful and frisky! Fido and Fluffy will both get bored without proper stimulation. Offer your animal companion lots of fun toys, and take time to play with them regularly. This will be great for your pet both mentally and physically. It will also be fun for you!

Safety and Security

Always put safety first! Do some petproofing to your home and yard, and remove potentially dangerous items. If you have a dog, it’s also important to make sure your fencing is secure, and to keep Fido leashed when you take him out and about. As for Fluffy, we recommend keeping her safe and sound indoors.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is very important! We recommend that all pets be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on exams and vaccinations. Most pets should see the vet at least once a year, although some may need more frequent visits. At home, watch for signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Love

Last but not least, pay lots of attention to your furry best friend. Tail wags and purrs are a crucial part of your pet’s overall well-being!

Does your dog or cat need vaccinations, an exam, or spay/neuter surgery? Contact us, your Oconomowoc, WI pet hospital, today. We’re here to help!

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